A short fiction trick

I shared C.S. Boyack II’s blog on Flipboard and he kindly sent me his advice on short story writing. Lots of my writing friends swear they can’t write a short story, but YES, YOU CAN. And here’s a perfect and powerful example and advice on how to do it.

Entertaining Stories

I’ve been putting off this post for a long time, because it’s got to be a long post. The reason is it has to include a bit of micro-fiction to pick apart. Some of you might like the trick, some of you might like the story, but I’m going to post it anyway.

I’ve been seeing more posts about writing short stories on Blogland. Some of them are good, but most of them could be summed up by saying make them short. That’s so obvious as to be pretty unhelpful.

In order to share this trick, I have to give you a story to pick apart. Since I’m allowed to post an excerpt for promotional purposes, I’m choosing one from the Experimental Notebook. It isn’t my fault that it makes a complete story in 900 words. If you like the story, there are more in the Notebook for 99¢.

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